Morris College to Eliminate $759, 985 in Student Debt for Previously Enrolled Students

August 30, 2021

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Morris College                                                                                                                                                                                                               For Immediate Release
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Sumter, S.C. (August, 2021) – On August 9, 2021, Morris College spent $759, 985 to discharge the balances owed by 269 students. This action allows a number of students to receive their transcripts or to re-enroll at the college. This debt relief will allow many of our students to continue their education and persist to graduation.

“During the pandemic, a lot of families struggled with trying to make ends meet and a lot of students also struggled with trying to figure out how they would afford to continue their education,” said Morris College Student Government Association President Nigeria Myers. “The debt reduction not only reduces inequality and depression among students and families, but it also helps with financial freedom because students can build or save for a house or car or even launch a business. First-generation college students can build generational wealth and other students can continue the legacy that was started by previous relatives, without the burden of debt. I’m grateful that Morris is taking [students’ financial situation] in consideration by erasing student debts. As some of us leave, we are able to build our futures and give back to what gave to us and that’s Morris College.”

Sophomore Soleil Moone Strong said, “The financial sacrifices the government made extensively impacted our generation as a whole and I see [society] improving day by day, thus creating a better outcome for our present and future careers. [College students] establish a sense of trust with [government officials] and even more support would be a blessing.

Student Jermaine Rollerson said, “I’m glad I’m one of the students impacted by the debt reduction because “my mother doesn’t have to work two jobs anymore to help me pay for my college education.”

About Morris College
Morris College is a historically black, coeducational, liberal arts college, founded by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina in 1908. The college is committed to promoting the intellectual and personal development of each one of its students. Today, under the continued ownership of its founding body, the College opens its doors to a culturally and geographically diverse student body, typically from the Southeast and Northeast regions. Morris College is an accredited, four-year, coeducational, residential, liberal arts and career-focused institution awarding baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences as well as certificates and associate degrees in career-based professional fields.